John Bertolini

Ellis Professor of English and Liberal Arts

 
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Professor Bertolini gives the Faculty address at the 2007 Senior Awards Ceremony:

JOHN A. BERTOLINI, Professor of English and Film, Middlebury College

Born Dec.1, 1947; Married, 2 children. 66 Morningside Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Brooklyn Preparatory School, 6/65
B.A. Manhattan College, 6/69
M.A. Columbia University, 6/70
Ph.D. Columbia University, 5/75
Dissertation: "Dramaturgy in Italian and French Renaissance Tragedy"

EMPLOYMENT:
Manhattan College, Shakespeare play director, 9/69

College of New Rochelle, directed two plays, 2/69 and 9/70

Columbia College, Preceptor in English 9/72-6/73

Barnard College, Instructor Renaissance Studies, spring, 1974

Middlebury College, Assistant Professor of English, 9/75-6/82; Associate Professor, 6/82-6/88

Professor, 6/89-present; full-time teaching: lecture and writing courses; seminars; theses, etc.

Member ALSC, 1996-

Chair, Program in Film, 1990

Chair, Program in Literary Studies, 1981-83, 1986-88, 1991-92, 1994-96

Appointed to Chair as Ellis Professor of the Liberal Arts, 1997

Wonnacott Commons Associate, 1998-99

Chair, English Dept., 1999-2001; Literary Studies 1999-2000

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Member ALSC, 1996-

Member editorial board of SHAW Annual (Penn State U.P.), 1994-

President Vermont Association of Scholars, 1994-2000; member NAS, 1994-

Member MLA, 1980-2001

Founding Member and Advisory Council, International Shaw Society, 2001-

BOOKS:

The Case for Terence Rattigan, Playwright. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Man and Superman and Three Other Plays, Intro. And Notes. Barnes & Noble, 2004.  Also published as E-book, 2009.
Pygmalion and Three Other Plays. Intro. And Notes. Barnes & Noble, 2004. Also published as E-book, 2009.
Shaw and Other Playwrights. Ed. Vol. 13 of SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies . The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993.
The Playwrighting Self of Bernard Shaw . Southern Illinois University Press, 1991. Reviewed in Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, etc.

ARTICLES:

“Commentary on ‘George Bernard Shaw and Anesthesia,’ ” Journal of Anesthesia History 2, no. 2 (2016): 33.
“The Shaw Tradition” in Shaw in Context, ed. Brad Kent (Cambridge U.P., 2015), 350-356
Program Note for Rattigan’s Flare Path, Middlebury College, Nov. 2015
Program note for Major Barbara, Middlebury College, October 2010.
Psycho at Fifty: Pure Cinema or Invitation to an Orgy?, New England Review, Volume 31, Number 3 / 2010.
Program essay: “After the Dance Comes the Reckoning” in After the Dance Program. Shaw Festival, Ontario Canada, July 2008
Also published in NER, V.29, n.2 (2008), pp.35-37
Also published in Shaw Magazine, Fall, 2008, pp.2-5
Program Note for Stoppard’s Jumpers, Middlebury College, April, 2008
“Wilde and Shakespeare in Shaw’s You Never Can Tell,” in SHAW, 27 (pp.156-164). The Pennsylvania State U.P., 2007.
Program essay: “Welcome to Feydeauville” in Hotel Peccadillo program, Shaw Festival, Ontario, Canada, June 2007.
“Shaw Responds to Shaw-bashing,” in SHAW 25 (pp.127-134). The Pennsylvania State U. P., 2005 (originally given at ISS Shaw Conference at USF, March, 2003) .
“Tennessee Williams” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (pp.410-419), ed. Jay Parini. Oxford U.P., 2004.
Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw,” in British Writers’ Classics, ed. Jay Parini (pp. 197-213). Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.
Reprint of “Rear Window, or the Reciprocated Glance” in Framing Hitchcock ed. Sidney Gottlieb. Wayne State University Press, 2002.
“Don Juan’s Past and the Future of the Human Species” New England Review (ed. Stephen Donadio) 23:2, pp.44-47, Spring, 2002
“Terence Rattigan” in British Writers: Retrospective Supplement VII. ED. Jay Parini. Scribner’s, 2002.
“George Bernard Shaw” in British Writers: Retrospective Supplement II. Ed. Jay Parini. Scribner’s, 2002.
Chapter on Man and Superman (from Playwrighting Self) reprinted in George Bernard Shaw’s Plays, ed. Sandie Byrne. A Norton Critical Edition, 2002.
Program Notes for productions of Tartuffe, Arcadia, Don Juan in Hell, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead , Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Middlebury College, 1994-2002.
"Shaw Family Values" in SHAW 16. ed. Dan H. Laurence and Margot Peters. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.
"Rear Window, or the Reciprocated Glance," in The Hitchcock Annual (1995), pp.55-75.
Review --Essay: "London Dramaturgy" on Shaw's drama criticism, in ELT (1994), pp.70-81
"Introduction: Shaw as Mimic and Model" and "Finding Something New to Say: Rattigan Eludes Shaw." SHAW 13. The Pennsylvania State U.P., 1993, pp.1-7, 93-102.
Entries for Henry Sweet, Constance Wilde, and Frank Harris. The Encyclopedia of the 1890s . Garland, 1992.
"The Doctor's Dilemma: The Art of Undoing." Shaw: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 7: The Neglected Plays. Ed. Alfred Turco, Jr. 1987, pp.151-169.
"Imagining Saint Joan." Shaw. Ed. Daniel Leary. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1983, pp.149-161.
Rpt. in Man and Superman and Saint Joan . The MacMillan Casebook. Ed. A. M. Gibbs. 1991.

Also rpt. in Major Literary Characters: Joan of Arc . Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 1992.

Also rpt. in George Bernard Shaw (Modern Critical Views), ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 2010.
Chapter on Pygmalion (from Playwrighting Self ) reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Gale), 1992.
"Fringe and Alternative Theatre in Great Britain." Dictionary of Literary Biography l3. British Dramatists Since World War II, Part 2: M‑Z. BC Research, 1982.
"Shaw's Ironic View of Caesar." Twentieth Century Literature (winter, 1981) Ed. William McBrien, pp.331-342.
Rpt. in Major Literary Characters: Julius Caesar. Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 1992.
"Ecphrasis and Dramaturgy: Leonardo's Leda in Rucellai's Oreste." Renaissance Drama VII (1977). Ed. Joel Kaplan. Northwestern U.P., pp.151-176.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS AND PUBLIC LECTURES:

“Mother I Didn’t Mean To, or the Clash of Two Rights in Miller’s All My Sons” Weston Playhouse, VT, April 2016

“The Hitchcock You Don’t Know but YouTube Does,” Middlebury College, September, 2014

Paper: “Shakespeare’s Shadow and Wilde’s Art in Shaw’s You Never Can Tell,” given at ISS Shaw Conference, Brown University, June, 2006 (in revised and extended version, SHAW 27, 2007 .

Graduation Address to Seniors at Awards Ceremony, Middlebury College, May, 2007

Lecture: The Can Can in Cinema (Middlebury College, Spring 2007)

Paper: “Shaw Responds to Shaw-bashing,” given at ISS Shaw Conference at USF, March, 2003) .

Lecture: “The Wisdom of You Never Can Tell” (with Q and A sessions) given at Shaw Festival during 4-day subscription Seminar, August, 2005.

Keynote lecture on the Don Juan tradition at Middlebury College International Symposium on Don Juan and Seduction, April, 2002.

Lecture: “Common Sense about Heartbreak House” given at Shaw Festival during 4-day Shaw subscription seminar, July, 1999; also participated in Q&A sessions

Abernathy lecture: “Hitchcock’s Signature Appearances and What They Mean (or Rumors of La Morte D’Auteur Greatly Exaggerated),” Middlebury College, Spring, 1999

Graduation address to Februaryy Seniors, 1999

Inaugural lecture for Ellis Chair: “Terence Rattigan and the Fate of Modern British Drama,” Middlebury College, 1998

Lecture and Discussion on Shakespeare’s The Tempest to students and staff of LI101, Middlebury College, 1997 and 1999

Presentation of scene from Ozu’s Early Spring at Japanese film symposium, Middlebury College, 1997

Lecture: “How to Know Which Movies Are Good or Bad: An Introduction to Film Appreciation,” Thomas Fellowship, 1997, and Wonnacott Commons, 1998

Panel Presentation on Sense and Sensibility at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1997

Lecture (joint with Mary Ellen Bertolini) on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as film and novel, Middlebury College, 1997

Lecture on Shaw’s The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles and participant on various panels, as guest scholar at The Shaw Festival, Ontario, Canada, 1996

Panel Presentation for NAS on Political Correctness, Assumption College, 1996

Presentation of a Scene from Poil de Carotte at French Film Symposium, Middlebury College, 1996

Introduction to French Opera, Middlebury College, 1995

Presentation of scene from High Noon at Westerns Symposium, Middlebury College, 1995

Presentation of scene from 8 1/2 at Fellini Symposium, Middlebury College, 1994

Lecture: "Introduction to Italian Opera" for the Italian Club public meeting, fall 1993.

2 panels of new Shaw scholars. Chair. Virginia Tech Conference on "Shaw and the Last Hundred Years." Nov. 1992.

Lecture on Shakespeare and Shaw at Lincoln College. Oxford University, 1990.

Performance/reading of dramatic scenes. Middlebury Alumni College, Summer 1987 and Hawthorne Literary Society, Middlebury, 1989.

Lecture on Rear Window . Middlebury Alumni College, 1988.

Paper on Pygmalion. MLA, 1987.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Member editorial board of the SHAW Annual (Penn State U. Press), 1994-

Research towards and writing of a manuscript on the plays of Terence Rattigan.

Articles on Alfred Hitchcock.

Reviews appearing regularly in ELT, SHAW, and other journals.

Solicited to be reader of manuscripts by University Presses (Michigan, Susquehanna, Florida State)

Solicited to speak at Berkshire Drama Festival

Solicited to apply for chairmanship of the Drama Dept. at Indiana University

COLLEGE COMMITTEES:

Served on the Curriculum Committee, Educational Council, Library Committee

College Service:

Adviser to the American Film Club, 1976-1980

Adviser to the Republicans at Middlebury College, 2007-

 

Courses

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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CRWR 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0711)

Fall 2013

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ENAM 0103 - Reading Literature      

Reading Literature
Please refer to each section for specific course descriptions. CW LIT

Spring 2015, Fall 2016

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ENAM 0204 - Foundations of English Lit.      

Foundations of English Literature (I) (Pre-1800)
Students will study Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Milton's Paradise Lost, as well as other foundational works of English literature that may include Shakespeare, non-Shakespearean Elizabethan drama, the poetry of Donne, and other 16th- and 17th-century poetry. 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT

Fall 2014, Spring 2017

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ENAM 0239 / FMMC 0239 - The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock      

The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock
We will watch about 20 of Hitchcock’s films with an eye toward understanding why contemporary film directors consider his films exemplary of the greatest cinematic artistry: Hitchcock always finds new ways of telling a story visually by the way he uses his camera especially the subjective camera. We will learn his rules for cinema, such as “the bigger the emotion the bigger the close-up.” We will also define his recurring themes, images, and motifs, such as obsessive love, the wrong man, dangling over the abyss, and a man and a woman saving one another by clasping hands. Among the films we will analyze are his masterpieces, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho. 3 hrs. lect./disc./screening AMR ART LIT NOR

Spring 2015, Fall 2017

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ENAM 0260 - Modern British Drama      

Style and Ideas in Modern British Drama (II)
During the 19th century the craft of Shakespeare devolved into mere popular entertainment, but in the1890s Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw re-established drama as literature, to be taken as seriously as the best poetry and fiction. In Ireland, Lady Gregory, Synge, and O’Casey critiqued the moral condition of their nation. And in the 1930s T.S. Eliot used his poetic power to revive verse drama, while Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan created comedies and dramas that used the style/form of dialogue in newly expressive ways. We will explore the superb art and craft of playwriting by these masters of dramatic form. EUR LIT

Fall 2016

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ENAM 0261 - Contemporary British Drama      

Contemporary British Drama: 1950 to the Present
Analysis of the language, style, dramaturgy, and meaning of plays by Rattigan, Beckett, Osborne, Pinter, Shaffer, Gray, Bolt, and Stoppard, with some attention paid to contemporary British cinema. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc./3hrs. screen EUR LIT

Fall 2013

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ENAM 0262 - American Drama 1930-1960      

American Drama 1930-1960 (AL)
The 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s saw an unparalleled achievement in dramatic literature as the works of Eugene O'Neill, Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and William Inge were produced. This course will seek to analyze their plays both as dramatic art and in some cases as responses to social and political context. We will study film versions of the plays, as well as additional films that respond to themes in the plays, films such as High Noon and On the Waterfront. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AMR ART LIT NOR

Fall 2015

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ENAM 0332 - Shakespeare's Histories      

Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories (I) (Pre-1800)
An intensive consideration of language, style, character, and structure, first in Shakespeare's epic history-play cycle, Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V, and then in the major tragedies, Hamlet, King Lear, and Anthony and Cleopatra. 3 hrs. lect.; disc; screening EUR LIT

Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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ENAM 0406 - Shaw, Rattigan, Stoppard      

Shaw, Rattigan, Stoppard: the Play of Ideas vs. the Play of Character and Situation
In the early 20th Century George Bernard Shaw, following Ibsen’s model, sought to introduce the Play of Ideas into British Drama, i.e., plays that dramatized current philosophical and social issues. We will study his Man and Superman as representative of such drama. At the mid-century Terence Rattigan argued against Shaw that plays should be about people and tell stories, not about ideas. We shall read plays of his, such as The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version to understand his art of implication and understatement. Shaw and Rattigan’s argument has played itself out in the dazzling late 20th century plays of Tom Stoppard who starts as a playwright of ideas. We shall try to understand where he and the debate come out in a play such as his Arcadia. 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2015, Fall 2017

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Thesis:Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the Senior Thesis Workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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ENAM 0708 - Joint Senior Work: ENAM-THEA      

Senior Work: Joint Majors in English & American Literatures and Theatre
Approval required.

Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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ENAM 0710 - Senior Thesis: Critical Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking two-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the thesis workshop (ENAM 710z) in both Fall and Spring terms.

Fall 2013, Winter 2014

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ENAM 1023 / FMMC 1023 - Cinema of William Wyler      

The Cinema of William Wyler
Among the pantheon of classic Hollywood directors William Wyler occupies a highly honored position: his films have won more academy awards than those of any other director (3 times Best Director for himself), and they span an extraordinary range of genres—spectacle (Ben Hur), western (The Big Country), novel adaptation (Wuthering Heights), play adaptation (The Letter), romantic comedy (Roman Holiday), musical (Funny Girl), crime (Dead End), and especially, human drama (The Best Years of Our Lives, Friendly Persuasion). We will study these films as examples of imaginative visual storytelling and visual dramatization: how the camera behaves and how images are arranged as a sequence to create meaning and feeling. Wyler’s themes are many, but after his experiences in WWII, Wyler focused on the question of pacifism vs. the grounds that make war necessary, as well as the concomitant question of justice vs. revenge. Each of Wyler’s films represents a unique achievement in the art of cinema and in the art of acting. ART NOR WTR

Winter 2015

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FYSE 1114 - Classic Comedy      

Classic Comedy: Drama, Film, Theory
What is comedy? What are its values and view of life? What makes things funny? Why do we laugh and at what? What should or should not be ridiculed? In this seminar we will consider classic comedies and ideas about comedy from Aristophanes through Shakespeare, Moliere, and Shaw, to Stoppard, with comparisons to classic comedies of American cinema and other forms of comic expression. Having a sense of humor is a prerequisite of this seminar. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Spring 2016

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LITS 0500 - Independent Research Project      

Independent Research Project
(Approval Required) (Staff)

Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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LITS 0510 - Independent Essay Project      

Independent Essay Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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LITS 0700 - Senior Comprehensive Exam      

Senior Comprehensive Exam
Intended for majors in literary studies preparing for the written section of the senior comprehensive examinations.

Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

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LITS 0701 - Independent Reading Course      

Independent Reading Course
Intended for majors in literary studies preparing for the senior comprehensive examinations. At the conclusion of this course, students will take a one-hour oral examination (part of the senior comprehensive examination) in a specialization of their choice. (Approval Required) (Staff)

Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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LITS 0705 / ENAM 0705 - Senior Colloquium      

Senior Colloquium in Literary Studies
Although it is required of all Literary Studies senior majors, this course is intended for students working in any discipline who seek a close encounter with some of the greatest achievements of the literary imagination. In addition to being understood as distinctive artistic and philosophical accomplishments, the six major works which constitute the reading list will also be seen as engaged in a vital, overarching cultural conversation across temporal and geographical boundaries that might otherwise seem insurmountable. The texts for this semester are: Homer, The Odyssey; Tolstoy, War and Peace; Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov; Mann, The Magic Mountain; Proust, Swann’s Way; Joyce, Ulysses. (Open to non-majors with the approval of the instructor.) 3 hrs., seminar.

Fall 2013

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LITS 0710 - Senior Honors Essay      

Senior Honors Essay
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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Department of English & American Literatures

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